|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1835|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1910|
The late John R. Orvis was one of the most prominent citizens of Sargent (Nebraska), and was a very early settler of Custer County, passing through various stages of its history. He was well known as a business man of ability and enterprise, and enjoyed the esteem and confidence of all with whom he had dealings.
He was the son of Victor M. and Lucretia (Tyler) Orvis, born in Cattaraugus county, New York, November 27, 1835. He was the eldest of their seven children, only three of whom now survive: Henry C. of Burwell, Nebraska; one daughter in California, and another daughter in Iowa. The parents were born in the state of New York, and both died in Iowa.
In early childhood, Mr. Orvis was taken by his parents to Illinois, where he was reared on a farm, and recieved the usual educational advantages of a farmer's son in those times. Later he engaged in farming, and also conducted a blacksmith shop.
He married in Monroe county, Wisconsin, April 24, 1859, to Miss Chaney M. Sweet, who was of New York birth, daughter of George W. and Miranda (Camp) Sweet, natives of New York. The father served in the civil war, took a homestead in Custer county in November, 1877, and died in North Loup in 1891. The mother died in Sargent, Nebraska, in April, 1910. Mrs Orvis has a sister in Michigan and a brother in Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs Orvis made their first home on the Illinois farm, where they lived until 1863, when they removed to Fayette County, Iowa, where he established a general merchantile business. In the spring of 1877, they came overland with their six children to Custer county, Nebraska. He secured a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres of land at West Union, and also a timber claim of eighty acres adjoining. This was the home place, and for fifteen years Mr. and Mrs. Orvis conducted a hotel in connection with farming.
In 1905, Mr. Orvis sold his farming interests to his youngest son, and retired from active life, locating in Sargent, where he erected a fine home. This was his home until his death, March 23, 1910.
He left a widow and eleven children: Clara R. married Henry Groff, and they live in Sargent; Laura E., wife of Elias Whaley, lives in Colorado, and they have five children; Ida M. married Leonard Bisco, and died October 12, 1887, and is survived by her husband and three children; Harris W. died October 1, 1867; Lillie B., is the wife of Joseph Simler, of Sargent, and they have four children; Cinda E., wife of Godlop Zeller, of Sargent, has five children; James A., of Custer county, is married, and has three children; Wilbur R. and Willis J., twins, the former of whom is married, lives in Sargent, and has five children, the latter died August 25, 1875; George V., of Walworth, Nebraska, is married and has two children; Burt L., married , and living in West Union, Nebraska, has three children. Mrs. Orvis lives in the pleasant home in Sargent, where she is surrounded by a large circle of friends, and where many of her children are near at hand.
Victor Marcy Orvis (1814 - 1897)
Mary Lucretia Taylor Orvis (1818 - 1899)
Chaney Maranda Sweet Orvis (1842 - 1929)*
Laura Ellen Orvis Whaley (1861 - 1931)*
Ida May Orvis Bisco (1862 - 1887)*
Lillie Belle Orvis Semler (1868 - 1936)*
Cinda E Orvis Zeller (1871 - 1915)*
James A Orvis (1873 - 1940)*
George V Orvis (1880 - 1950)*
Burt L Orvis (1882 - 1942)*
West Union Cemetery
Created by: James Martens
Record added: Nov 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23002791